Ann Jones

Ann Jones, a writer and photographer, has reported extensively from Afghanistan since 2002 and is the author of several books. Her most recent book is, They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars— the Untold Story (2013, Dispatch Books). Her previous books include: War Is Not Over When It's Over, Kabul in Winter, Women Who Kill, and Next Time She'll Be Dead. Jones has worked with women in conflict and post-conflict zones, principally Afghanistan, and reported on their concerns. An authority on violence against women, she has served as a gender adviser to the United Nations. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times and The Nation. For more information, visit her website.

 

 

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Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 3:45pm
American Democracy Down for the Count
Some years ago, I faced up to the futility of reporting true things about America’s disastrous wars and so I left Afghanistan for another remote mountainous country far away. It was the polar opposite of Afghanistan: a peaceful, prosperous land where nearly everybody seemed to enjoy a good life, on...
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Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 10:00am
America's Never-Ending War in Afghanistan
Ten months ago, on December 28, 2014, a ceremony in Kabul officially marked the conclusion of America’s very long war in Afghanistan. President Obama called that day “a milestone for our country.” After more than 13 years, he said, “our combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, and the longest war...
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 12:30pm
Citizen's Revolt in Afghanistan
I went to Kabul, Afghanistan, in March to see old friends. By chance, I arrived the day after a woman had been beaten to death and burned by a mob of young men. The world would soon come to know her name: Farkhunda. The name means “auspicious” or “jubilant.” She was killed in the very heart of the...
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Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 9:15am
Is This Country Crazy? Inquiring Minds Elsewhere Want to Know
Americans who live abroad -- more than six million of us worldwide (not counting those who work for the U.S. government) -- often face hard questions about our country from people we live among. Europeans, Asians, and Africans ask us to explain everything that baffles them about the increasingly...
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Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:00pm
The Missing Women of Afghanistan: After 13 Years of War, the Rule of Men, Not Law
On September 29th, power in Afghanistan changed hands for the first time in 13 years. At the Arg, the presidential palace in Kabul, Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as president, while the outgoing Hamid Karzai watched calmly from a front-row seat. Washington, congratulating itself on this “peaceful...
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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 2:00pm
How to Lose Friends and Influence No One (The State Department Way)
Often it’s the little things coming out of Washington, obscured by the big, scary headlines, that matter most in the long run. Items that scarcely make the news, or fail to attract your attention, or once noticed seem trivial, may carry consequences that endure long after the latest front-page...
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Staff Sgt. John Robertson waits in a parking lot outside of the Fort Hood military base for updates on April 2, 2014. (Photo: AP) Views
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 1:00pm
Star-Spangled Baggage: How America’s Wars Came Home With the Troops
After an argument about a leave denied, Specialist Ivan Lopez pulled out a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and began a shooting spree at Fort Hood, America’s biggest stateside base, that left three soldiers dead and 16 wounded. When he did so, he also pulled America’s fading wars out of the...
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Monday, December 16, 2013 - 7:05am
America’s Child Soldiers
Congress surely meant to do the right thing when, in the fall of 2008, it passed the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA). The law was designed to protect kids worldwide from being forced to fight the wars of Big Men. From then on, any country that coerced children into becoming soldiers was supposed to lose all U.S.
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Friday, November 15, 2013 - 6:50am
A Trail of Tears: How Veterans Return From America’s Wars
[ The text of this piece is an excerpt, slightly adapted, from Ann Jones's new book They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars -- The Untold Story , just published by Dispatch Books/Haymarket Books ]
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Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 12:00pm
Silent Soldiers, The Losers From Our Lost Wars
The last time I saw American soldiers in Afghanistan, they were silent.
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